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TV Review: Jessica Jones

There are three types of people who will read this. The first are friends, colleagues and acquaintances who'll see it on…
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Cats, dogs and why we live.

Firstly, before you read any further, let me drop a couple of truths before you read any more (then you…
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The Future Of Arts Marketing (and Theatre)

On Wednesday I attended the Spektrix Conference at the Lyric Hammersmith which was, at it invariably always is, incredibly thought…
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Marketing DIY: Intermediate Heat Mapping (Genre)

In the last Marketing DIY post (here) we talked about how you can do a basic heat mapping of your auditorium.…
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Marketing DIY: Heat mapping your auditorium

Heat mapping your venue has always been an incredibly good thing to do. It allows you to look at where…
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Watching & Dreaming (2)

To read part one of this story, click here The dog woman was eyeing him like a security guard in…
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Watching & Dreaming (1)

This story starts, somewhat unexpectedly, at a car boot sale. Car boot sales are not, you see, likely places for…
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A strange day

It was a really strange day today. My boss of 5 years, Graeme, left after 33 year at the theatre.…
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AMA Reflection

I'm back from nearly three days in Birmingham at the annual Arts Marketing Association conference where 650 marketers and fundraisers…
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AMA Conference 2015 – Day #1 Notes

So here's a few notes from day #1 of the AMA conference here in sunny Birmingham. I've truncated much stuff…
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Who would like to see me in the summer…

Hi. This is an odd blog post. Essentially I have a week, 16th - 23rd August where I have a…
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Mediocre

I've had this thought in my head for a while now so I thought I'd share, not least because I've…
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Gig Report – Liverpool Lantern Theatre

So today was the big day, the first work-in-progress performance of the show I've been working on for the last…
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Distractions, youtube that I like and cheese

So, a late night update as I can't sleep as it's so hot ("OMFG it's so WTF crazy hot, ROFL"…
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Sweaty sleeps, starts of plays and moments of panic

It's just turned midnight as I start to write this post - I can't sleep you see - not for…
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The “oh shit” moment

I think with every artform, but perhaps particularly performance, there comes a moment, a second where the idea of being…
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Audience Agency – Digital Marketing Workshop

***Warning: Arts Marketing Blog Post - Updated Live - Press F5 to refresh *** Today I attended an Audience Agency…
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The lost art of motivation

***some ramblings *** I've hit somewhat of a roadblock of late in my quest to be universally loved as a…
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The Art Of Being Liked

****BEWARE: this blog is (vaguely) about arts marketing **** Two things happened today which both pushed me to think about…
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Gig Report: Warrington Albion

I've not written about any gigs for a while so I thought it'd be probably worthwhile writing something up, not…
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Election 2015: All hope is not lost.

It's been a truly interesting few days - an election where the vote swung from too close to call  to…
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Review: Avengers Age Of Ultron

Oh Joss what have you done. It all started so well this super hero lark, there were films where things…
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10 Things: To Watch On Netflix

I've been gradually working my way through Netflix to find the best programmes available. It's an eclectic mix of comedy,…
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Review: True Detective

Everyone has one, a present DVD they've been given, Christmas or perhaps a birthday, accompanied by the words "I saw…
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A Scratch Night

I've always had a bit of a weird relationship with theatre I think. When I was first getting into it…
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Wanted: Jolt (must be life changing)

I've been feeling for a while like I need a change in my life. This isn't particularly out of the…
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Writing an Edinburgh Show (Part 3 – Grinding to a halt)

It was bound to happen I suppose, that nice free feeling of making something becoming replaced with a deep black…
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Writing an Edinburgh Show (Part 2)

So I've started writing my Edinburgh show and it's slow progress so far. Essentially the idea is that i'm going…
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Writing an Edinburgh Show (Part 1)

I've been noticeably unproductive over the past 7 months, I think since I finished working on Gaffer and the uncertainty about…
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Gossip Girl: A Completely Objective Review

I've come under a bit of criticism in our household recently for my alleged addiction to "that game". The game…
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Democracy: Vote Sam Freeman

I recently started writing a play about party politics - it was loosely based around a man going from idealized…
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Film Review: Birdman

Jean Claude Van Damme doesn't feature in Birdman, but after watching this superb piece of contemporary film making I found…
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Resolutions

I could never quite make my mind up if resolutions are a brilliant idea or a terrible idea. On the…
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A Year Of Comedy, Theatre, Weddings & Houses

Another year has almost passed and with it another vial of my youth is lost to the ravages of time,…
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Spektrix Conference 2014

I’m on my way back from the Spektrix Conference 2014 and I thought I’d pop my musings down. At the…
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Storytelling: The Station

My latest story - very roughly recorded at 81 Renshaw Street in October - have a listen, see what you…
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Review: DV8: John

My sister bought me tickets to see DV8 at the Playhouse as a thank you present. I have to confess…
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A gig in Leeds to mostly silence

I've just got back from Leeds and, sat in bed, suddenly don't feel at all tired so I thought I'd…
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Frauds, Hipsters and the word C**t

There were three things that Charlene despised. The first were frauds, the seemingly never ending line of people pretending to…
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Seeing the trees

"Sometimes you can't see the wood for the trees" As my last blog post probably hinted at I've had a…
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Comedy deaths, Man Utd and the pit of despair.

I've found that recently I've become, metaphorically, in my comedy career, Man Utd. It was all going so well a…
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Edinburgh 2014

This is my fourth year of coming up to Edinburgh and seeing shows and I've got in the habit of…
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What I’m working on…

Its been a while since I updated people on what I'm working on so I thought that as I'd finally…
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The life formerly known as Sam Freeman’s.

Life has had a change for me in the last couple of months. Firstly I've finished directing a show and…
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“Gaffer” – 9/10 Liverpool Sound & Vision

Life’s a pitch for a good manager, in the testosterone filled world of football, there is the hard work but…
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“Gaffer” – Madeup.lv

Football; international bajillion-dollar industry to be sure, but one not exactly known for its tolerance of diversity (insert undergraduate thesis…
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“Gaffer” – Liverpool Echo ****

The beautiful game, it seems, has an ugly side – and not just one that leaves teeth marks. Writer Chris…
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“Gaffer” – The Public Reviews ****

Gaffer is an impressive act of performance with all twenty parts being played by just one actor. He carries a play…
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Tech rehearsals

It's Monday at 5:40 and I'm currently sat in the back of the theatre as preparations for Gaffer happen all…
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The TEN types of open acts…

I wanted to share my views on the different types of people I've experienced as an open act doing comedy…
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Feeling Mello.

I'm currently sat in Love Crumbs, (find it here...) a delightful cake shop in Edinburgh before toddling off to a…
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Icy beer, brain freeze and the problem with being tired..

It's been a hard day. Sometimes they just are. That's not to say it hasn't been fun, quite the contrary,…
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Post-match: Eng V Ita

This is, it should be said, a conflicted World Cup for me. I am massively excited to see the games, the…
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Gaffer Rehearsals – Day 1

So, here we are, day one. There's always mixed feelings starting a rehearsal process - fear, panic and excitement mix…
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Who’s the funniest?

I keep getting to the station late at night and, having found I've missed the last bus by seconds (seriously…
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Art ‘n’ That

"Try it yourself". That's what Neil Buchanan use to say as he'd demonstrate his creation, undoubtedly involving dried pasta, PVA…
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Gaffer – Opening soon

This June I'm directing a revival of a play called Gaffer. I'm finding it hard to articulate how I feel…
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Review: WMCForum

Sam Freeman is an extremely polished act. He read from a book while deconstructing and commentating on the fact he…
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Gigs

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Keep in touch with my latest projects:    E-mail me: darklaughs(at)outlook.com
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